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Building Schools for the Future Programme: Lancashire

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families for what reasons his Department requested Lancashire county council to remove Whitworth Community High School from its Building Schools for the Future bid. (315557)

Lancashire county council's ‘Readiness to Deliver’, submitted in September 2009, did not sufficiently address how its proposals for BSF would manage the issue of surplus capacity in some of its schools. Whitworth Community High School in particular has a projected high level of surplus capacity.

The authority was invited to revise its ‘Readiness to Deliver’. Rather than delay entry into the programme, the authority chose to resubmit a revised scope of schools which did not include Whitworth Community High School, with the intention of addressing the pupil place planning issues in a later phase.